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a wonderful new style of porcelain decorating-- what's known as the limoges enamel style-- a very fine use of white enamel on a dark background. and he taught his son t.j. bott to do it as well. and thomas john bott then brought that to coalport. so, thomas john bott here in 1888 at coalport, producing a plaque just for the family. we've got a matching picture of his sister, actually, as well. there's a set of them. wonderful to have family likenesses like that. i understand that thomas bott, sr.-- thomas j. bott's father-- died quite young at the age of 41, and i had-- the story goes that he died from licking his paintbrush, which arsenic in it, and that's a family story. i don't know whether it's true. i'm sure it probably was. of course, it was a dangerous industry to be in. and thomas bott, sr. was a great loss to the industry because he was actually a masterful artist and was able to do wonderful work. and that's really what excites me about these pictures. are these thomas, sr.? yes, this is not t.j. oh, we thought it was junior. yeah. this is signed "t.b."-- and that's thomas bott,
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